Exploring Forgotten Sanctuaries: Abandoned Places of Worship

By Jack Ripley | March 1, 2024

Inside the chapel at Little Bethlehem

Welcome to a captivating journey into the echoes of faith, where sacred spaces once brimming with fervent devotion have now been forsaken by time and humanity.

From dilapidated cathedrals to forgotten chapels, each photograph tells a tale of abandonment, revealing how the passage of time can transform sacred sanctuaries into hauntingly serene ruins. Join us as we unravel the enigmatic narratives, both uplifting and somber, of these abandoned relics of devotion that stand as silent witnesses to the passage of faith through the ages.

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Built in 1970 by George Pike, this neon lit church was constructed completely from the donations of the parishioners. Rather than stick to a specific theme, Pike constructed the building in a hodgepodge manner that gives the now abandoned church an eerie funhouse feel.

The main room feels like a bowling alley from the ‘70s, and while that’s kind of cool for a man cave or, you know, a bowling alley, when that kind of design is used for a church it’s genuinely creepy.

The church of Little Bethlehem was in operation until the early 2000s, but since then it’s just been sitting vacant in the hands of the Pike Family. At least someone is watching over this obscure little building. 

This Italian Church is in a state of beautiful deterioration

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Watching any piece of antique architecture fall into disrepair is sad, but when a gorgeous church like this falls apart it hurts your soul just a little bit. Imagine trekking through the hills of Italy and coming across this gorgeous, empty church. It would feel so strange.

It’s likely that this place of worship was once the meeting place for villagers across the countryside, but as cities grew and people moved, there was no use for a place like this in the middle of nowhere.

Now, this empty church is for those of us who appreciate abandoned architecture, and maybe a loan traveler who’s alone in the Italian countryside.